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Marc Eckō Claims to Be Father of the Hipster Beard and Other Weird Things in New Ad Campaign

Marc Eckō is making a comeback, and he wants everyone to know about it. The founder of Complex magazine and popular 90s/early aughts streetwear brand Eckō Unltd., is returning to the design scene, after having sold Eckō Unltd. in 2009 — guess he just couldn’t leave the game alone. In 2013, he dove right back in at the helm of Cut & Sew, his contemporary menswear label. 

To let the world know that he’s back and better than ever, Eckō‘s people have released a series of ads pondering, “Where was Marc Eckō?” before they (sort of) explain what the designer was doing during his time away from the scene. The ads ran in Women’s Wear Daily, and while the concept of the campaign is cool (of course we’re interested to know what Eckō was up to during his four-year hiatus), the ads themselves are…well, they’re a little weird.

Image: Marc Ecko Cut & Sew

Image: Marc Eckō Cut & Sew via WWD

The first ran two weeks ago, picturing a bearded, tattooed fellow (not Eckō) inking Karl Lagerfeld‘s likeness on a woman’s calf. The accompanying blurb reads: “Seeking a change, Marc moved to a mythical place called ‘Brooklyn’ in search of artistic nourishment. Putting ink to skin, he developed a cult following as a tattoo artist. Marc would often work late hours, not shaving and inspired the man-grooming trend that would later be coined ‘The Hipster Beard.’”
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Recycled Clothing Lovers Can Get Pumped for Australia’s National Op Shop Week

National Op Shop Week 2014

Photo: Salvos Stores

Are you a lover of cheap finds and one-off pieces? Well, it’s time to celebrate your addiction to vintage scouring. Running from August 24 to 31, there’s an entire week dedicated to all you avid op shoppers out there. National Op Shop Week, the joint initiative of DoSomething! and the National Association of Charitable Recycling Organisations Inc. (NACRO), is taking over to encourage the support of local op shops in our community. 

The week encourages us to donate the wardrobe goodies that no longer get to see the light of day, with over 2,000 charity stores listed on DoSomething!’s site, so you can find your closest op shop. And who knows, while you’re there, you might even find some new-but-used unique numbers to add to your existing wardrobe favourites. Culling is so much easier when you know you’ll have replacements waiting. (more…)

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Miranda Kerr’s Steamy Shoot for 7 For All Mankind’s Fall 2014 Campaign

Miranda Kerr 7 for all mankind

Photo: Sebastian Faena/ 7 For All Mankind

Miranda Kerr is topless for 7 For All Mankind‘s latest campaign, and we totally saw it coming. The Aussie model couldn’t hold onto her good girl image if her life depended on it. For the leading denim and lifestyle brand’s shoot, Miranda gets up close and personal with Spanish actor and model, Jon Kortajarena for the Fall 2014 campaign dubbed #7Obsessions.

In a shoot by Sebastian Faena, the whole thing is about the obsessive game-playing relationship between a man and a woman, with Miranda acting as the woman in control. And if you think the pics are steamy, just wait until the 30-second clip comes out on August 11 to officially launch this campaign. Jon wants Miranda, but he can’t have her. Sound familiar, boys?

Miranda Kerr 7 for all mankind

Photo: Sebastian Faena/ 7 For All Mankind

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Gareth Pugh Is Coming to NYFW with an Epic Runway Show

Image: Imaxtree

Image: Imaxtree

New York Fashion Week could do with a little spark and Gareth Pugh is ready to serve up a generous dose. The New York Times revealed today that Pugh is on his way to New York, scheduled to show his Spring 2015 collection during Fashion Week this September. The designer has showed his collections in Paris for the past six years, but he’s leaving the city of lights to bring some much-needed action to the New York scene–and his show promises to be a doozy.

Let’s be real, NYFW has become less about artistry and more about showcasing sellable collections…and (regrettably) spotting celebrities. The business aspect of fashion is certainly important, and though we’ve seen some beautiful and best-selling collections out of NYFW, the shows themselves have mostly been a little straightforward–some might use the word dull. But Gareth Pugh promises to change all that with his multimedia-infused spectacle, complete with live dancers. 

“I know this is a business, and we need to sell clothes, but it is also about image and inspiration, and sometimes a live show can miss the mark a bit,” Pugh told the Times. “The lights go up, the model walks out, and you lose control of it. It’s really important to not only communicate, ‘This is a nice dress or this is a cool trouser,’ but to sell the dream.” 

Pugh is teaming with Lexus, who will help pay for the show, which according to Pugh costs “a hell of a lot more than our usual show would cost.” Thank goodness for corporate involvement. This will be Pugh’s first time showing in NYC, though don’t expect it to be a regular thing–the designer is expected to be back in Paris come 2015 to show his fall offerings. Also, because New York Fashion Week is so early, only part of the collection will make the catwalk.

[via The New York Times]

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Terry Richardson Shot Martha Stewart for Porter, World Asks Why??

Image: Porter

Image: Porter

It seems every time Terry Richardson is asked to shoot anything these days, the general sentiment is, “How are people still working with this known predator?” Perhaps Net-a-Porter‘s Porter magazine can shed some light on this phenomena. The magazine has leaked images from its fall issue, and the Martha Stewart spread, shot by the controversial photographer, has been garnering plenty of attention. Obviously, anything Terry does is going to cause some outrage, but this particular shoot is unique in that Martha specifically asked him to take her photo. Yes, this is for real.

Porter says: “It is the first time these two controversy-hounds have met but it is, like so much in Stewart’s life, no accident. After debating over a long list of photographers, America’s house-mother superior insisted that Richardson shoot her. ‘Oh, he is cute,’ she will say later, when he comes to say goodbye.”

Ick. This can mean one of a few things: Either Martha and her people didn’t know about Terry’s past and didn’t bother to do a simple Google search, or Martha is fully aware of his alleged inappropriate antics and was just like, “Oh, whatever, he has a cool ‘stache and glasses and I really think the oversaturated lighting he always uses will make me look more youthful.” 

The shoot took place at Martha’s Bedford, New York house, so yeah…Martha let a suspected predator into her home and smiled through the whole damn thing. Just let that thought marinate.

The latest issue of Porter is expected to drop tomorrow.

[via Fashionista]

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Flashback: UK Harper’s Bazaar September 2007 with Georgia Frost

The Magazines section of our forums is in full September mode, so for this week’s fashion flashback, I thought it only natural we take a look back at a September edition gone by.

The September 2007 issue of UK Harper’s Bazaar has model Georgia Frost on the front cover. Photographed by Alexei Hay, the then 17-year-old English beauty wears a red lacquered-wool dress teamed with a metal belt with padlocks, both from Dolce & Gabbana. This particular issue marked something special for the British edition of Bazaar. It was the first with the new masthead, which all other editions of the Hearst-owned publication were already incorporating. Dubbed “The British Issue,” the magazine was now coming to readers with a whole new layout and design.

Flashback UK Harper's Bazar Septemnber 2007 Georgia Frost

IMAGE CREDIT: MARK E

Above is a scan of the subscribers’ cover. The newsstand cover was the same image, but with more cover lines.

The team went all out for the celebratory issue. Lindsey Ellison was photographed by Anthony Ward and styled by Alison Edmond showcasing sleek 40s glamour, a timeless look suggesting the history of the Bazaar title. Jem Mitchell captured model Laragh McCann for a punk-themed fashion story with her jumping about a studio wearing heavy fall looks from Givenchy, Salvatore Ferragamo, Max Mara and Miu Miu. For the third fashion shoot entitled “Bright Young Things,” Tesh and stylist Alison Edmond came together to bring us the season’s boldest looks, which took inspiration from that famously decadent, vivacious, English kind of heroine. Model Morgane Dubled was shot at the home of Edith Sitwell. There’s also a feature on David Bailey and friend Don McCullin, where Bazaar complied and discussed some of David’s best works.

Don’t forget to check out the thread to familiarize yourself with the contents. You can do all that and reignite the discussion here. Stay tuned for next week’s flashback!

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